Amy Coney Barrett says she’s not a ‘pawn,’ NBC News to host town hall with Trump and a closer look at gifted education

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to face another round of tough questions on Day 3 of her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden spar over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the campaign trail. And it’s the end of an era for the Soyuz rocket.

Here’s what we’re watching this Wednesday morning.


Trump’s words haunt Amy Coney Barrett as she vows not to be a ‘pawn’ on Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced a barrage of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee over more than 11 hours on Tuesday, the second day of her confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett was sharply questioned by Democratic lawmakers over her personal and judicial philosophies. She repeatedly insisted to senators that she has no “agenda” on issues like the Affordable Care Act, the future

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America’s gifted education programs have a race problem. Can it be fixed?

This article about gifted education was produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This is part 1 of the series “Gifted Education’s Race Problem.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, 3 miles and a world apart.

In airy PS 64 Frederick Law Olmsted, in affluent, white north Buffalo, 22 would-be Arctic explorers wrestled with how to build a shelter if their team leader had frostbite and snow blindness. Unusually for Buffalo’s public schools — where 20 percent of students are white and 46 percent are Black — about half of the fourth grade class was white.

In PS 61 Arthur O. Eve, on the city’s majority-Black East Side, 13 first graders, all of them Black, Latino or Asian American, folded paper

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Donald C. Beck, 87, teacher and principal who pioneered instruction for gifted students | Featured Obituaries



BECK, Donald

BECK, Donald


Sept. 25, 1933 – Sept. 25, 2020

Donald C. Beck, a Buffalo teacher and school principal who pioneered instruction for gifted students, died Sept. 25 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, on his 87th birthday.

As a teacher in 1958, he established the Special Progress Class Program for advanced fifth- and sixth-graders at School 81. The Special Progress Program evolved into the City Honors Program.

He later served as principal of School 8, which became Follow Through Magnet School, for 25 years.

Born in Buffalo, he attended School 67 and was a 1951 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he was an honor student.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1955 and went on to complete his master’s degree there in 1958.

He began his career in education as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Buffalo School 63 in 1955.

At

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